Gladiators vs Zalmi
(Zalmi 117 for 3, 16 overs)
SHARJAH February 17: Intermittent rain spells overshadowed the action on the pitch as the ninth match of the HBL PSL 2017 season was abandoned with only 17 overs bowled in Zalmi’s innings after the Peshawar team was asked to bat first by Gladiators captain Sarfraz Ahmed.
The match started in gloomy, overcast conditions in front of a packed Sharjah stadium with big support for two teams with strong fan base in the region.
Zalmi openers Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Hafeez started steadily but a 46 minute rain interruption triggered a collapse as three wickets fell for the addition of a single run, Zalmi lost Hafeez for 16, Kamran Akmal for a duck and Eoin Morgan for 1, slipping from 41 for one to 41 for three in a space of eight deliveries.
Tamim who was making his first appearance of the season rescued his team through a 75 run fourth-wicket partnership with Sohaib Maqsood who scored 30 runs off 24 balls. The Bangladeshi opener reached his half-century and ended the innings with 62 off 46 balls an innings that included four sixes and as many fours.
Zalmi managed 117 runs for the loss of three wickets in their 17 overs.
The Gladiators’ chase though never started as intermittent rain dampened proceedings before the match was eventually called-off when the revised chase of 55 runs in six overs failed to materialize with a heavy downpour before the first ball could be delivered.
Both teams shared the two points (one apiece).